Theft or Robbery

Understanding How Theft Charges Work

A theft conviction affects a person's ability to secure or maintain a job more than any other criminal offense.  Theft charges follow a stair step approach.  The common determining factors are:

  • The value of the property
  • The type of property
  • Past theft convictions


Here is a breakdown of the most common theft charges:

  • Class C Misdemeanor:
    • Theft of Property Less Than $100
  • Class B Misdemeanor:
    • Theft of Property $100-$750
    • Theft of Property Less Than $100 with a prior theft conviction
    • Theft of a driver's license
  • Class A Misdemeanor:
    • Theft of Property $750-$2,500
  • State Jail Felony:
    • Theft of Property $2,500-$30,000
    • Theft of a Firearm
    • Theft of Property Less Than $2,500 with Two Prior Theft Convictions
    • Theft of Metal
  • 3rd Degree Felony:
    • Theft of Property $30,000-$150,000
  • 2nd Degree Felony:
    • Theft of Property $150,000-$300,000
  • 1st Degree Felony
    • Theft of Property $300,000 or more

These are just some of the more common theft charges.  With so many variables and so much at stake, you deserve a knowledgeable, experienced, and aggressive lawyer fighting for you.  Contact McLaughlin Law to speak to a Board Certified lawyer today.     

How Does a Theft Become a Robbery?

A theft charge can be upgraded to a Robbery charge if:  

  • The complainant was threatened or injured; or
  • A deadly weapon was used.

Robbery is a 2nd Degree Felony.  A person commits Robbery if in the course of committing theft he or she does one of the following:

  • Intentionally, Knowingly, or Recklessly causes bodily injury to another; or
  • Intentionally or Knowingly threatens or places another in fear of imminent bodily injury or death.

Aggravated Robbery is a 1st Degree Felony.  A person commits Aggravated Robbery if in the course of committing theft he or she does one of the following:

  • Causes serious bodily injury to another;
  • Uses or exhibits a deadly weapon; or
  • Causes bodily injury to or threatens an elderly or disabled person.

Why McLaughlin Law?

If you have been charged with Theft or Robbery, you need an aggressive criminal defense attorney to work on getting your case dismissed, no-billed, or reduced.  As a former prosecutor and Board Certified criminal law specialist, Colin McLaughlin will give you the best defense against the State.  Contact us today and let an experienced lawyer in Fort Worth help you.